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Lighting for Digital Video and Television, 2nd Edition by John Jackman

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Chapter 11

Lighting Low-Budget Locations

If you’re reading this book, the chances are you’re not working on a high-budget film at a major studio. Odds are much higher that you’re dreaming of doing a low-budget film, or even a “nobudget” film. So here we’re going to tackle the concepts you need for lighting at the low-end of the budget curve, usually in existing locations rather than sets or soundstages.

In this chapter, I’ll be building on the concepts spelled out the last chapter, so I hope you read that well. No? Go back now and do your homework before reading this chapter. No dessert for you until you’ve finished your vegetables.

Low-budget filmmaking almost always uses existing locations—real houses, offices, and so on. It’s usually much ...

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